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    • 1:43 PM, Jul. 18, 2014

    In search of natural hues? A garden 'to dye for'

    Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today's shift toward more natural and organic living. And you don't need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.

    • 5:14 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Consignment shops in Metro Detroit offer secondhand gems

    Consignment shops for the home are on the rise in Metro Detroit, and the selection is better than ever before. The search for secondhand finds beats your average garage sale because of the curated mix.

    • 5:25 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Jalapeno, tequila give limeade a summer kick

    Limeade spiked with jalapeno is thirst quenching, yes, but with marvelous flavors. Grab some at Mudgie's Authentic Artisan Deli or make this version at home.

    • 5:21 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    'Woolgatherers' guild promotes joy of knitting

    They call themselves the Woolgatherers Knitting Guild, but they knit with a range of fibers every third Thursday. Learn more about the group and make Judy's Seamless Slipper for yourself.

    • 5:27 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Cool tips for saving energy during the summer

    Just like there are ways to keep your home warmer in the winter while lowering your energy costs, the same is true in the summer cooling season.

    • 5:37 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    See several varieties of daylilies at Telly's, take a pond tour of northwest Detorit, check out photo winner 'Backyard Lilypalooza' and more.

    • 5:30 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Delicate porcelain bust hails from Bohemia

    Bennett Weiss said he inherited an unglazed, 61/2-inch tall porcelain piece from his mother before she passed away at the age of 98.

    • 5:48 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Designer turns her talents to own kitchen

    It's a big commitment to take on a kitchen renovation, and once you get started, there's no turning back. Just ask MaryBeth Wilson, who has done lots of remodels; until recently, all but her own.

    • 5:41 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Primp garden to show off plants at their finest

    Now is the perfect time to fine-tune the landscape. You might be surprised how selective pruning can improve the look of your garden.

    • 5:39 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Family keeps the worst at bay at the hospital

    Conversation at the hospital where a brother was in surgery wove itself through several hours: One thread of memories latticed into another.

    • 5:45 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Metro Detroit home and garden calendar

    Learn about edible weeds, take a garden walk in one of several cities, pick up tips for summer rose care and more.

    • 5:42 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Windows and fireplace will pull space together

    In front of the fireplace, a floating furniture layout with a stylish sofa or sectional, sitting parallel to the fireplace will best differentiate the seating area from the traffic flow.

    • 5:58 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Odds and ends ideas around the home

    OK, so it's summer and we have lots of fun things to do outside the home, but home is still home, so here are a few odds and ends that you can do to improve your interiors with little effort and little cost.

    • 5:56 PM, Jul. 17, 2014
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    Heirlooms keep family history front and center

    Have you dotted your decor with old or new heirlooms that brighten your spaces and pull at your heart strings? Here are four of my favorites to consider:

    • 7:00 AM, Jul. 11, 2014
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    Novi homeowners throw grand backyard fete every year

    Yiannis Karimalis, a well-known local hairstylist who has fixed the tresses of everyone from Queen Noor to Joan Rivers, is an avid gardener, chicken farmer, ...

    • 4:43 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Get seeds started inside to kick-start summer veggies

    Most garden centers are out of seedlings at this time of year, so in order to grow greens and short-season vegetables, I have to grow them from seed. Some ...

    • 4:50 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Engineered hardwood flooring has several advantages

    Brazilian cherry will darken quickly to match previously installed engineered flooring, which is more stable than regular hardwood and less likely to warp or ...

    • 5:00 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church helps needy — stitch by stitch

    The members of the St. Joan of Arc Knitting/Crochet Ministry do some very serious work — helping those in need by knitting and crocheting winter accessories ...

    • 5:06 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Baked beans, brisket top off a great holiday weekend

    Need a quick side dish? Instead of opening a can of baked beans and doctoring them, use Great Northern beans and spike them with whatever's available (sans ...

    • 5:08 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Michigan, pure and simple, draws in family

    New Yorkers have the Hamptons. Californians have Big Sur. There's Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, too. But nothing compares to our Great Lakes and the vast ...

    • 4:58 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Welcome Mat: The latest and greatest for your home

    Palmer Woods hosts its first garden tour, Village Potters Guild will show at Art in the Park in Plymouth, MSU Extension offers entry garden tips and more.

    • 5:03 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Summer entertaining ideas to charm your guests

    Casual gatherings are synonymous with summer. Though easy entertaining is part of the charm, you can still make an effort to welcome your guests.

    • 5:02 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Fill cracks in your concrete and mortar

    Whether you have a cement driveway or a brick home, you surely have some concrete or mortar cracks to deal with. If you hate looking at the cracks, you can ...

    • 5:10 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    3 tips to make light fixtures shine in your home decor

    I've learned through the years that the right lighting in the right spots transforms a room. So when it came time to select the fixtures for our lake home redo, ...

    • 5:12 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    He's under pressure to update 3 loud toilets

    An 'air-assisted' toilet uses compressed air to quickly flush the water through the bowl. Over the years, most air-assisted toilets have been redesigned and ...

    • 5:14 PM, Jul. 10, 2014
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    Stellar tip for making stars year-round decor

    It's easy to broaden the theme of the handmade stars by just switching out the colors: red, white and blue for Fourth of July or pastels for a new baby.

    • 8:05 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
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    Modern times for kitchen and bath

    When it comes to kitchen and bath design, generation gaps seem narrower than ever. Modern is the fastest-growing category, according to a survey by the ...

    • 8:08 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
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    Pork marinade puts sparkle in 4th of July

    Celebrate the holiday with a cookout featuring pork skewered for kebabs with surprise ingredients: Radishes and poblanos are added to the lineup to create a ...

    • 8:10 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
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    Willow water tea recipe aids the rooting process

    I'm going to root cuttings when I leave my country cottage home. And to speed the process along, I'm going to use a homemade potion of willow water tea because ...

    • 8:08 PM, Jul. 3, 2014
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    Serger a handy tool for those who sew

    Do I need a serger? It's a question I've asked myself over and over, wondering if the amount of sewing I do warrants such an investment.

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    Bob Dluzen: I finally had a chance to see the blooming agave plant at University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens Desert House — the one you’ve been hearing everyone talking about. When I first saw this...

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